People Are Livid About What Happened During Miss America Pageant

politics
September 11, 2017

On Sunday night, 52 young women competed for the title of Miss America. Ultimately, the title went to North Dakota's Cara Mund. Now, some people are extremely upset about what occurred during the competition, and it has nothing to do with who won.

Every year, the Miss America pageant contestants are judged in several different categories: artistic expression, presentation and community achievement, presence and poise, and lifestyle and fitness. The presentation category includes an on-stage interview question.

This year, many of the on-stage questions seemed to have a similar theme: anti-Trump. Now, Twitter is calling out the organization for asking such politically motivated, one-sided questions. 

Miss Texas was asked a question about President Trump's Charlottesville response. Below is a video of the question and her response.

https://twitter.com/goldengateblond/status/907083544303869952

Miss North Dakota, the future winner of the Miss America title, was asked about the Paris agreement.

The judge asked, "One hundred ninety-five countries signed the Paris agreement, in which each country sets nonbinding goals to reduce man-made climate change. The U.S. is withdrawing from the agreement, citing negligible environmental effects and negative economic impact. Good decision? Bad decision? Which is it and why?”

Mund responded, "I do believe it’s a bad decision. Once we reject that, we take ourselves out of the negotiation table. And that’s something that we really need to keep in mind. There is evidence that climate change is existing, so whether you believe it or not, we need to be at that table. And I think it’s just a bad decision on behalf of the United States.”

Miss New Jersey was asked about the Confederate statue controversy and whether or not they should be kept.

She answered, "I don’t think that the answer is to get rid of these statues. I think the answer is to relocate them into museums. Because we are truly defined by our country’s history, and I don’t think it’s something that we need to forget. We need to always remember it and honor our history of America because it truly makes us who we are as Americans. So they should be moved to museums.”

After the politically loaded questions, many Twitter users called out the pageant organizers for furthering division and favoring a side.

One user said, "Miss America, you have completely lost me. I'm truly disgusted. There is no room for biased politics in a pageant."

Another Twitter user, "#MissAmerica Very disappointing. Shame on Disney, Miss America for polluting contest with politics. MA is not a government official."

Another user said, "The five minutes I watched was all about politics. Shame on judges. Stop it!!!! #MissAmerica"

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